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(en) Catalunia, Embat: It's not tourismfobia, it's dignity. (ca, fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 11 Aug 2017 18:54:07 +0300

Capitalism is a sick system. In spite of this, it usually gives the impression of face to face with an extraordinary solidity. This is achieved thanks to a monolithic consensus on the media, the political class and a wide network of opinion polls, friends and other neo-liberalism supporters who spell on the social networks that act as public opinion . In this country are the "common sense". Outside them there is nothing. His way of thinking is expressed in a block, without cracks, at the right moment. It is an unbelievable bombardment that leaves us unable to respond - except in our small circle of activists and people who are aware of it. ---- In these days we are living a lynching operation against the Arran youth organization (we take advantage to say that we fraternally support each other with Arran ) who has carried out a mass tourism complaint action. For some years the social movements of Barcelona have been alerting and denouncing the speculative tourist model that renders capitalist rent of this land. Examples such as Barcelona '92 or the Forum of Cultures are paradigmatic. The movements carried out actions similar to those carried out by Arran, most of the occasions without media coverage. With all the same Generalitat joins lynching against the activists of our colleagues, which tells us that something else is coupled.

From Embat, Llibertària Organization of Catalonia we want to highlight the idea of the disaster that is the economic model based on the speculation and commodification of all things, turning our territory (whether it be Barcelona, the Islands, the coast, the Pyrenees ...) in a more consumer object. Our society can not continue to accept passively this socio-economic model so that there is no wealth at all. On the contrary, it leads to precarious work - as Las Kellys could point out - seasonal work, security and dirt problems, destruction of the natural environment, pollution, thousands of people, gentrification of the neighborhoods, alienation of autochthonous people ... in short,

It's not tourist-phobia, it's class struggle. Mural in the neighborhood of Vallcarca.

Mass tourism is a rendezvous model. The capitalist produces nothing, manufactures nothing. There is no tangible wealth, since it disappears when tourists leave. It should be added that since the 70s and 80s the industrial fabric of our cities and towns has been dismantled, leaving us more precarious and temporary jobs in a collective environment of impotence and alienation. We have become dependent. By not being able to win the bread with our effort we are offered charity. Social services are more full than ever, and now a guaranteed minimum income is considered.

As a result, there is an absurd situation for which the industry is in Asia, which manufactures the products we consume with avidity. Our revenues are the result of increasingly poor jobs and poorer paid jobs due to de-industrialization. The only way out is to work in the tourism sector.

Another aspect of mass tourism is the destruction of the environment. Paradoxically, a greater number of tourists will need more infrastructure, and in addition less attractive infrastructure will be the destination. Not only that, but despite the warnings of the imminence of climate change and rising sea level, it is not being taken into account to look for another economic model that guarantees the economic sovereignty of our land.

In short, the popular movement must carry out more actions to denounce the precariousness of our lives and the destruction of our territory and our lifestyles. The political situation that we live in Catalonia causes any action to be magnified because it will link it with the referendum. We understand that social movements should be aware of this gap and take advantage of it to the extent of their possibilities , always trying to overwhelm the institutional response.

It is a fight against the vultures that disassemble us and make us out of our neighborhoods to build hotels and turn our homes into tourist apartments. We denounce elitist gentrification and the alienation of the indigenous community.
It is a fight for an alternative model to the speculative and rent, in which the bourgeoisie of our house is delighted. Hence the lynch against Arran. It is a model that robs us of all kinds of sovereignty and places our future in the will of "international markets".
It is a struggle to prevent the precariousness of our lives while others fill their pockets. The means of production (hotels, hostels, flats, restaurants, discos ...) are private. They do not benefit us at all. On the contrary they exploit us. It's a class struggle.
It is a fight for the territory. Mass tourism carries great pressure on the natural environment. The future can not be a cement sea, or a line of houses that occupy the entire coast.
For alive and combative neighborhoods. For a country worthy of being lived. For a people standing.

Embat, August 2017

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